All Blog Posts Tagged 'sleep' (93)

At night I dream of sleep

There is a note in my baby book that scares me a little. My mother wrote it in the four-year-old section:

       NO NAPS!



The fact that it was in all caps with an exclamation point only underscores the frustration and hopelessness she must have felt around the situation. I mean, children are…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 17, 2014 at 6:49am — No Comments

Things I've Learned This Week

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** It takes a village.  To raise a husband.



** The world is way too incredibly full of itself.



** Surprisingly, it's been 20 years since OJ got away…

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Added by Jennifer Marshall on June 13, 2014 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Waking up with bears

It is 6:10 am. Bear number one's alarm goes off. He ignores it and rolls over. About 10 minutes later, I attempt to wake bear number two. He asks me to go away and come back in five minutes.



I'm surrounded by bears.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on May 30, 2014 at 6:34am — No Comments

Things I've Learned This Week

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** The world needs more creative photobombers.



** If you drive like Mario Andretti through a parking lot full of kids, you're a giant jackass.



** Winter is…

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Added by Jennifer Marshall on May 2, 2014 at 10:14am — No Comments

Zen and the art of sleeping alone

When I wake up in the morning, it is usually to the brief beeping of an alarm, a steady (and desperate purring) or a little face next to mine asking me for pancakes. In all of these instances, my husband is still asleep.

I've always been a light sleeper. To this day, my husband reminds me of the time I woke up to the…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 23, 2014 at 6:45am — No Comments

They Don't Call It the Red Eye for Nothin'

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If your husband tries to talk you into flying the red-eye with your kids at the end of a family vacation, don't fall for it.  He may try to reassure you that your kids will sleep on the plane, and all will be fine.  But trust me, it will be anything but fine.  And the only person who will be sleeping on the plane will be your…

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Added by Jennifer Marshall on April 10, 2014 at 1:17pm — No Comments

Cry It Out Method

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Added by Jennifer on April 4, 2014 at 11:17am — No Comments

Bedtimes for everyone

My bedtime is 10 pm.



This is self-imposed, of course. I am a (mostly) fully-functioning adult. And I also recognize that if I don't go to bed at that time, then I will be extra groggy at 5:15 when the cat/alarm/cat alarm wakes me the next morning.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 11, 2014 at 6:22am — No Comments

A little noise goes a long way

We sleep with a fan on. It's not for the breeze (I don't even think it is pointed at the bed), but for the quiet sound it emits. Our son sleeps with a music player shuffling through some hand-picked soft music. I am not sure how all of us got used to sleeping with a little bit of noise, but that's a different post for a different day.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 7, 2014 at 6:11am — No Comments

Let's learn something: Bad dreams are scary

I remember the first time my son told me about a bad dream. He looked at me with tears in his eyes and said, "I dreamed there was no milk."

Did I immediately scoop him into my arms and get him some chocolate milk? You bet I did (he was only two)!

Since then, my son has told me about lots of bad dreams.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 13, 2014 at 7:23am — No Comments

Nightly mattress blues

Growing bodies need room to grow. For my little guy, we moved him straight from his crib to a full-sized bed - skipping the toddler bed/twin bed experience entirely. He loves that all his stuffed animals can fit on the bed with him, and I love that there is room to curl up next to him to read books at night.

I also love that he has plenty of room to wiggle around and…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 11, 2014 at 6:52am — 2 Comments

Let's learn something: Better bedtimes for our children

I really didn't intend to keep talking about sleep this week. But, let's go ahead and cover this topic one more time. I promise to move on to something else next week.

I've given…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 31, 2014 at 6:25am — 1 Comment

Shhh! Mommy needs a nap

After a certain point, I just got used to my current level of exhaustion. When my son was born, night feedings were just part of life, and sleeping through the night meant five hours of continuous sleep (and oh, was it wonderful). As my son has gotten older, I am still woken up by his sweet voice asking me questions in the middle of the night. (…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 29, 2014 at 6:48am — No Comments

Things I've Learned This Week

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** Supervising a chain gang would be more enjoyable than supervising homework.

** The world needs a whole lot more Tina Fey & Amy Poehler.

** My…

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Added by Jennifer Marshall on January 17, 2014 at 10:49pm — 1 Comment

Bedtime: A drama performed in three acts

Act 1: In which my son gets clean

Synopsis: At about 7:30 pm, we tell our son it is bath time and ask him to go upstairs for his bath. Repeatedly. Our son yells that he is not dirty or stinky and does not need a bath. Or, he says that he is busy playing/reading/doing any activity that is not bathing. When he fails to comply, we either lead him up the stairs…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 3, 2013 at 8:29am — No Comments

Don't co-sleep (with your husband)

We've all seen those old television sitcoms (or at the very least, Fred and Wilma Flintstone) where the husband and wife are sleeping in separate beds. This mostly had to do with The Production Code of 1930 (also known also as the Hays Code), which, among other things, forbid showing a married couple with a double bed. Here's…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 27, 2013 at 8:26am — No Comments

Things I've Learned This Week

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** It's super fun when my twins come out of their rooms after 30 seconds and claim they can't go to sleep.

** Christmas is only six weeks away -- holy crapola!…

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Added by Jennifer Marshall on November 15, 2013 at 12:52pm — No Comments

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